NS = new snow; PO = powder; PP = packed powder; HP = hard-packed snow; HB = hard base; GR = granular; FG = frozen granular; CO = corn snow; BC = breakable crust; UC = unbreakable crust; W = wet; IC = icy condition; BS = bare spots; DC = dangerous condition; CL = trail or slope closed.
NUMERALS REPRESENT INCHES OF SNOW
Warm and sunny weather in the West has brought hints of spring skiing. Eastern areas expecting traditional big crowds for Washington's Birthday weekend.
NEW ENGLAND: PICO PEAK, VT.: Snow tractor worked overtime packing 14 new PO. Pico has had a great winter, with 75 operating days.
MAD RIVER GLEN, VT.: 6 PP On 26-50 HB. There is not a rock or an icy spot showing on the whole mountain. All trails rate excellent.
BIG BROMLEY, VT.: Skiing has been a delight, thanks to a foot of PO which fell last weekend on a 7-25 HB. Erratic weather recently ranged from shirt-sleeve sunshine to rain, then snow.
STOWE, VT.: IC plagued many trails last week. 4 windblown PO on 24-40 icy base. Thermometers hit 10 below last weekend.
FRANCONIA, N.H.: 1-2 PO on 7-58 base, with spring skiing prospects excellent. Recent temp, range went from 60 above to 20 below.
NORTH CONWAY, N.H.: Area could use 2 W or 3-4 PO to put all trails in shape. Present cover is 1 CO on 6-12 HB with some IC. A few trails have been reserved for weekends with good results.
BERKSHIRE MTS., MASS.: Up to 12 PO fell at Jiminy Peak last week and trails are in good shape with 2-12 HP base. Watch out for icy spots. Otis Ridge has 2 PP on 2 HP and Catamount, N.Y. opened for the first time last weekend with 0-6 PO.